VAN WERT — Chloe Agnew brings her Irish roots to Van Wert while performing with the Atlanta Pops Orchestra in the show, “An Irish Heart.” The show begins at 7 p.m. today at Niswonger Performing Arts Center, 10700 state Route 118 S., Van Wert.
“We’re very, very excited to be spending St. Patrick’s Day in Ohio. I’ve spent many the year traveling and passing through Ohio, so we look forward to celebrating our day there,” said Agnew.
Agnew is from Dublin, Ireland. She started performing at the age of 6 on a Irish television program.
“I performed an arrangement from ‘Oliver’ and I was accompanied by my father on the oboe. I was born into a musical family, and it’s a way of breathing for us, it really was, it’s a way of life. I grew up in the industry and I think that’s one of the reasons it feels very natural, I feel very at home on the stage,” said Agnew.
Her father is an oboist with the national orchestra in Ireland.
“So being up onstage with the Atlanta Pops definitely feels at home to me. There’s a connection to home and I think people can feel that. I’ve worked and collaborated with the Atlanta Pops for the last few years now, and we just feel like a wonderful little family, and it’s between all of us. I think it’s always important that you enjoy the people you’re working with onstage as much as you do offstage. I do believe that people can feel that warmth coming off the stage and it adds to the whole atmosphere of the evening,” said Agnew.
Agnew came to the United States with the internationally acclaimed group Celtic Woman.
“With Celtic Woman, I first came to America when I was 16 and I worked here for almost 10 years with the group,” said Agnew. “I got my green card, which I’m proud to be a permanent resident here in the US. It’s been a home and somewhere that opened its doors to me and to what I do. I’m very, very thankful for that.”
She is currently based out of Los Angeles, and has taken up some acting, with a guest spot on “The Bold and Beautiful.”
“Now if they call me back to be a regular I’d happily take the job. Celtic Woman took up so much of my life for a very long time but moving on and getting out on my own it’s given me the opportunity to explore different things in life. I actually shot a small independent movie a year ago,” said Agnew.
Agnew is spending her time enjoying her life.
“I’m excited to see what lies ahead in the future. This stage for me is all about getting out and letting people know what I’m doing out on my own, which is exciting. I’ve reconnected with music in a new way and I’m really focusing on songwriting,” said Agnew. “I do believe that if you work hard and you like what you do then hopefully there’s something good there and it pays off in the end.”
For those that cannot make the show in Van Wert, she has added a show at 7 p.m. March 25 in Columbus at the Shamrock Club.
“We added a smaller acoustic intimate evening. It’s a little different from the one that we do with the Pops. It’s a different type but a lot of fun too. I really care about the music that I perform and there’s something there for everyone,” said Agnew.
Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511.